ALAN MILLAR tells the story of the £500,000 restoration of a historically significant prewar Birmingham double-decker

Birmingham Corporation Tramway & Omnibus Department 486 (OV 4486), sole surviving non-London example of an AEC Regent with ‘piano front’ body, newly restored and back at the Wythall Transport Museum.

Many transport museums have promising, but dauntingly expensive potential restoration projects in their collections, some hidden from view, others displayed to inspire visitors to help bring them back to life. They are the stuff of optimistic dreams.

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